HBCU Athletes Are Getting NIL Deals, Too
The implementation of name, image and likeness (NIL) has transformed the world of college sports.
The construct of athletes across the country getting compensated for NIL rights is still in its infancy stages but is creating a major impact on college athletes.
Those starring at HBCUs are no exception to that apparent rule.
One of the highest ranked recruits ever to attend an HBCU, Jackson State’s Travis Hunter, just inked a deal with famous HBCU football alum Michael Strahan to represent his business entities. That follows Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders signing deals with Gatorade, Beats, and Tom Brady’s apparel company; Norfolk State University’s track and football standout Rayquan Smith has more than 70 NIL deals to date; and multiple brands have provided deals to the entire rosters of certain HBCU teams.
NIL deals can be beneficial for players and schools alike.
If a player can make money off their image easier than before, this could have a positive impact on HBCUs and the talent that they will be able to recruit to their campuses.
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